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What motivates women to have a breast reduction?

Posted by Dr Jamie Burt on 29 December 2016

I think there is a large misperception in the broader community that breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure. Whilst there is no doubt breast reduction will alter your appearance it is absolutely not a cosmetic procedure.

In my experience women considering breast reduction are very sensible, they have usually done a large amount of homework over many years before they even come along to talk about breast reduction. It is something that has been on their mind often since puberty.

Women who decide to have a breast reduction are exclusively motivated to proceed with the procedure due to physical symptoms. These symptoms are neck pain , back pain , shoulder pain, postural difficulties. In more extreme cases women will be dealing with rashes and infections in the fold underneath the breasts.

I have never performed a breast reduction for cosmetics ( or appearance based concerns). Once women start investigating breast reduction procedures they would quickly understand the risk reward analysis does not stack up if your only concern were appearance based.

Breast reduction is restorative surgery not cosmetic surgery. What we are aiming to achieve is to restore proportion so you actually have breasts that are a size which matches your other body proportions. It is only women who are significantly out of proportion to the extent they are experiencing physical symptoms who even consider a breast reduction procedure.

Author: Dr Jamie Burt
About: Dr Jamie Burt was born and educated in Melbourne, attending the University of Melbourne and graduating with MBBS in 1998. He is a member of the Senior Medical Staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, and was Head of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute until 2004. Known for his respectful, informative, and caring approach, Jamie has been caring for women with breast reduction concerns for over 15 years. During this time, one moment stands out as defining what he aims to achieve with The Breast Reduction Clinic.
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